After two [only somewhat successful] SLAP repairs on both my shoulders, I'm finally getting back into the swing of things. I was able to paddle around and stay out in overhead waves for almost an hour last weekend (see photos below). Keep in mind, this is after almost a year of Physical Therapy (I hit my yearly insurance maximum of 65 visits), and countless doctor's appointments to discuss alternate treatments to an additional shoulder surgery.
A less likely solution that I decided to try was a joint supplement called Animal Flex. Yes, it sounds like an underground animal testing facility, but it seems to work. It's a collection of 10+ joint supplements that supposedly increase joint functionality and resilience. There are 3 categories of supplements called 'Joint Construction Complex', 'Joint Lubrication Complex', and 'Joint Support Complex'. The names are somewhat self-explanatory and each complex consists of 3-6 individual supplements. You take a pack of pills daily, and when you bust it out at lunch you look like you have a serious disease. After just 3 weeks of taking the supplements, however, my shoulder feels much more mechanically sound. Give it a try, and let me know what you think.